Chris and Mindy Trotter cheer like typical good parents should. They provide pre match encouragement.
They are there when things go well.
And even when they don’t.
But the person they come to cheer for, is anything but typical.
Born without feet and a left hand, Nick Trotter was adopted at 18 months old after he was put up for adoption in the Ukraine.
Despite doctors giving a bleak outlook for his quality of life, the now 6 year old Nick has never let his limb differences stop him from doing what he loves. So when he recently decided to pick up wrestling with the Macomb Little Bombers, that was no exception.
Nicks’s father Chris said, “He can do everything. He knows he can. He’s a great swimmer.
He loves to play baseball. We think we found his sport though with wrestling.
He’s always been a tough kid.
We don’t see him as having a disability. So we don’t treat him that way. He can do anything.”
Through his first two tournaments, Nick has already collected a couple of wins, but he’s doing much more than just that, even if he doesn’t know it yet.
Nick’s mother Minday added, “Last meet that we went to an older man came up and shook his hand and said do you know how much of an inspiration you are?
And Nick sideyes me and he’s like what does that even mean?”
Chris said, “We were intensely watching him when he won his first match then didn’t realize the whole crowd was watching him. And they all cheered for him. So pretty neat.”
But where people see Nick as a hero, Nick just sees a chance for some fun.
Nick said, “It’s because I thought I would make new friends. So I did.”
On top of new friends, Nick’s certainly not short of confidence after his early success either.
Nick said, “I’m dreaming that like I’m the King of Wrestling.”
Nick has the right people in his corner and the right attitude, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t hard.
When that happens, it’s good to know in a world of differences, there are still people with whom he shares common ground.
Macomb Little Bombers Coach Josh Eidson said, “Can’t is not in his vocabulary. He’s always what can I do? What can I do? I’m going to show you what I can do. Not, this holds me back.
Nothing’s going to hold that kid back.”
We all come in different shapes and sizes. It’s something we don’t really have control over, as much as we’d like to.
But we can all do our best with what we’re given, even our hardships and our roadblocks.
That’s up to us.
Because if we work for it, we can all be perfect, no matter what we look like.
Mindy said, “He is pretty great. Just the way he is. He doesn’t need to have two hands or two feet for people to say hey, look at you.”